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What is wrong with our universities?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by chickened, Nov 12, 2011.

  1. chickened

    chickened Crowing

    Oct 2, 2010
    western Oregon
    Unless one has been on a deserted island we all know what is happenning at Penn State, my gripe is what motivates students to act violently over the firing of a popular coach that looked the other way over a serious crime and in essence covered up for the accused.

    The protests should be for the victims...(how many?) or do they not teach compassion or taking responsibility at our universities? Only recently has the board told the students to act civil but the classroom is where they learn and it seems some are acting like animals. Are they really that young and stupid? my 20 year old son isn't.

    I hold the universities responsible just as much as the students if they teach philosophies or allow professors to tell the students that is OK to do the things they are doing which I know does happen. Does anyone protesting realize who is really at fault or who are the victims? [​IMG]

  2. annageckos

    annageckos Songster

    Sep 6, 2009
    SE PA / NJ
    Quote:I guess I have been on a deserted island, because I have no idea what happened at Penn State. [​IMG] Though, I don't watch much tv and almost no news.
  3. booker81

    booker81 Redneck Tech Girl

    Apr 18, 2010
    Quote:You might want to google it,but fair warning, if you read any of the grand jury stuff, you may wish you hadn't. It's bad. Very bad. Nauseatingly bad. Rather than rioting over the firing, I'd be happy if they were rioting for the horsewhipping of anyone involved in the coverup or delay of justice, and rioting for the drawing and quartering of Sandusky.
  4. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    I don't keep up ether so I'm lost...
  5. Mattemma

    Mattemma Crowing

    Aug 12, 2009
    I think for some the sports is their *life* and anything that messes with it will anger them to the point of acting out.I feel for the victims,and am angered that no one stopped things years ago despite the reluctance of victim testimony.It is not like a molestor will stop even when they spend time in jail.Did anyone think these men were any different?

    It is shameful but for some sports and the life revolivng around it is all that matters.No amount of teaching compassion or whatever will change those who couldn't give a hoot over the molested boys.In fact from what I have read people seem to blame the victims,because they did not fight to stop it...being older kids and all.And ofcourse not testifying.We all know however how the community will treat those molested boys once it was out.Kids would call them gay,and say they let it happen.Adults would try to rationalise it.

    Anyone connected with the molestation and the cover up should be fired. Those molestors are still free though,and people stressed often act out.Many rape/murder cases resulted when the perp was in turmoil.
  6. punk-a-doodle

    punk-a-doodle Songster

    Apr 15, 2011
    Haven't followed this at all, attention is occupied elsewhere. Sounds like some form of sports mixing with school though with a dash of sex scandal (guessing not involving a female over the age of 18, as those are covered nationally...quite differently or not at all unless politically motivated). Sports is big money, and is deeply rooted in culture. I recommend the documentary "Hoop Dreams" for a look at some of the conflicts that arise when mixing sports and education intimately. That was not the original intent of the documentary (originally supposed to be a 30 minute clip), but morphed into it. People who run the universities have very different goals and priorities then those teaching at them, and there are many instances of things like rape (by coaches, major team players, etc) being covered up. Seems odd to me to suggest that professors were to blame for this. Similar things happen far off the campuses involving sports (or any business with a large public following...like Penn State) quite often.
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2011
  7. booker81

    booker81 Redneck Tech Girl

    Apr 18, 2010
    The case is a bit more than a dash of scandal. It's the coverup of the molestation and rape of young boys - 8 to 13 years old - that's finally resulted in 40 charges for Sandusky. They knew about it for more than 10 years and did nearly nothing to stop it.

  8. punk-a-doodle

    punk-a-doodle Songster

    Apr 15, 2011
    Figured it had to be something like that to get so much coverage. Yep, so not surprised. Disgusted, but not surprised.
  9. CluckyJay

    CluckyJay Songster

    Feb 23, 2011
    Crossville, Tennessee
    People are so unbelievably selfish they do not care how many innocent babies were terrorized and maimed for life. They care only about themselves and their own gain/loss. They are terrible people. Everyone that supports that piece of garbage and his entourage are complete and utter trash. [​IMG]
  10. conny63malies

    conny63malies Crowing

    Mar 22, 2008
    Annetta Kentucky
    Quote:Paterno is an arrogant old man that cared only about his program and not an ounce about the humans involved. The entire good old boys club that knew about the incidents and did nothing needs to go, YESTERDAY. His son, McQueary, the campus police... they need to clean out . I am the parent of a victim of childhood sexual abuse in school. We need to make our kids feel save , not save the jobs of a few man. I hope they sue the living daylights out of Penn state.

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